Peter Robinson: menace, bite and presence. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

How many Ulster Unionists does it take to change a light bulb? None, the Ulster Unionist Party can’t change anything. That was Peter Robinson from his(...)

Northern Ireland’s finance minister Arlene Foster: did not make any comment in her speech as to whether she will seek the First Minister post. File Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Those in the “terrorist business” should get out of it or be put out of it, the North’s Minister of Finance and prospective next First Minister Arlene(...)

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds: one of the possible contenders in the race to take over from Peter Robinson. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds and speculated next leader of the party paid personal tribute to First Minister Peter Robinson at the party’s annual(...)

Powersharing deal: Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin and Peter Robinson of the DUP at Stormont. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

So Northern Ireland politicians have struck another deal Yes. On Tuesday Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan and Northern Secretary The(...)

Peter Robinson: A one-time head of the Northern Ireland civil service described him as “somewhat scary.”Photo : Brian Lawless/PA Wire

During his four decades in Northern Ireland politics, Peter Robinson was seen as a cold fish rather than a people person, a figure who unlike his long(...)

Peter Robinson being led into Ballybay court in 1986, where he was remanded on bail. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

For the residents of the normally quiet village of Clontibret, it was a startling sight as the darkened main street was taken over by a mob, some wear(...)

DUP leader Peter Robinson (centre) with Nigel Dodds (left) and Arlene Foste, at Stormont in Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Nigel Dodds The 57-year-old MP for North Belfast is viewed as the most likely successor to Peter Robinson as DUP leader. Born in Derry and educated i(...)

Former taoiseach  Bertie Ahern.

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has acknowledged the extraordinary journey DUP leader Peter Robinson made from being a loyalist “hard man” to a strong (...)

A young Peter Robinson in his Ulster Resistence beret. Photograph: Pacemaker Belfast

1971 Was among the founding members of the DUP 1973 Became an Executive member of the DUP 1974 Elected Secretary of the Central Executive Committe(...)

 Peter Robinson, with his wife Iris, after  winning back his East Belfast seat in 1987. Photograph: Pacemaker 2:00

“I’m demob happy,” says Peter Robinson, as he ushers me into his office in Stormont Castle. Three of his Civil Service staff are bantering in his oute(...)